A restoration artist brings antiques back to life
Photographed by Greg West Hanna demonstrates the technique of French polishing, which provides a high luster.
Every piece of furniture tells a story. Who made it and why? Was it fashioned as a gift or piece of art, or was it made to be sturdy and useful? Over the years, time embellishes the story as owners come and go. Paint, scars, and insect damage may alter a once lovely appearance. Underneath a damaged facade, however, the original wood remains, waiting for its patina to be rediscovered. Uncovering that beauty, while staying true to the furniture’s history, is the mission of restorer and conservator Robert Hanna of Brentwood, New Hampshire.